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Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 23rd August 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Cattle Decapitation
Monolith of Inhumanity
Released 8th May, 2012
Progressive Death Metal/Grindcore
Released via Metal Blade Records

Cattle Decapitation is known for their catchy riffs, intense and gore-filled lyrics, and of course their absolutely insane but diabolical vocals. It was no surprise that Monolith of Inhumanity incorporated each of these well-known elements and more. With this album, it really shows how much this band has progressed in their music, going from a more grindcore based song style to adding more structure and memorable riffs into their songs. This was my favorite album of 2012 hands down just for the sheer brutality and for making the music sound heavy without and technicality.

A couple songs that stuck out for me were The Carbon Stampede and Forced Gender Reassignment. Many people are aware that the video for Forced Gender Reassignment was arguably one of the goreiest and most disgusting music videos ever made. However, every time I hear that song I can’t help but windmill at the beginning riff and become excited as the song builds up to the end where it breaks down into a super slammy riff that just finishes it off perfectly. The Carbon Stampede also a phenomenal job of creating build up as the beginning song of the album with a quiet intro that gradually goes into spiraling chaos and heaviness that is consistently heard through the rest of this album.

While I really don’t see any kind of big criticism or gripe about Monolith of Inhumanity, the only thing that seemed kind of off to me was the beginning of the song The Monolith. The slow, drawn out song isn’t something that is commonly used by Cattle Decapitation and found it weird as a song on its own. However, having it be paired with Kingdom of Tyrants in a mini film, it made the song much more of a purpose rather than it just being thrown into the mix of all these fast and brutal songs.

Even after a year, I still find myself enjoying this album and still highly regard it was one of Cattle Decapitation’s best albums. In the span of their career, they’ve definitely grew in their playing and even vocal style, and they will probably continue to grow and to create even faster, more brutal music while, of course, still create music videos and artwork that will make many people squirm. Monolith of Inhumanity is an absolutely incredible album and it’s something every metal fan should listen to!


Lauren Gowdy


Cattle Decapitation release new video

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 5th August 2013 by izaforestspirit

The American death/grindcore outfit Cattle Decapitation have released a new video for the song for Your Disposal from their most recent album, Monolith of Inhumanity. The grotesque clip is a result of the band’s collaboration with Mitch Massie.

Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan comments: “Director Mitch Massie has presented us all with a bizarre retelling of the story of Adam and Eve using themes from our latest album “Monolith of Inhumanity.” Here we see Eve giving birth to humanity, a living, breathing piece of primordial meat birthed into the dirt making its way through the garden of eden, hellbent on destruction… A clean and conscious monolith foretelling what could be possible given the fact that humans exhibit superior traits of intelligence, instead the earth is flooded with technological fallout and debris by the hands of man. This video is very much a prequel to our other videos “Forced Gender Reassignment” and of course, “Kindgom of Tyrants”.”

Fans can stream Your Disposal now here

Cattle Decapitation announced as support for Cryptopsy’s European tour

Posted in Misc., News with tags , , on 19th February 2013 by izaforestspirit

Vegan Death Metallers Cattle Decapitation will return to Europe in April as support to the mighty Cryptopsy! Also on the bill are Decrepit Birth and The Last Shot Of War.

Cattle Decapitation singer Travis Ryan comments: “It’s great to hit the road with our friends Cryptopsy and Decrepit Birth again… and this time, in Europe! We’ll be hitting some spots harder than usual and some spots we’ve never been and we’re always into that. This might be the only time this year you guys see us so be sure to come out and rage with us!”

The full line-up:
+ EYECONOCLAST (from 12/04 to 20/04)
+ THE WAY OF PURITY (from 21/04 to 30/04)
+ REARMED (from 01/05 to 05/05)

Tour dates are as follows:

12/04/13 DE – Oberhausen – Helvete
13/04/13 DK – Aarhus – Metal Royal Fest
14/04/13 DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
15/04/13 DE – Berlin – K17
16/04/13 DE – Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater
17/04/13 AT – Wien – Escape Metalcorner
18/04/13 CH – Zurich – Dynamo
19/04/13 IT – Pistoia – Pianeta Melos
20/04/13 IT – Romagnano Sesia – Rock & Roll Arena
21/04/13 FR – Luynes/Aix – Le Korigan
22/04/13 ES – Barcelona – Apolo 2
23/04/13 ES – Almeria – Sala Jala Jala
24/04/13 ES – Madrid – Caracol
25/04/13 PT – barosselas – SWR Fest
26/04/13 ES – Bilbao – Sonora
27/04/13 FR – Toulouse – Le Saint Des Seins
28/04/13 FR – Lyon – t.b.a.
29/04/13 FR – Nancy – t.b.a.
30/04/13 FR – Paris – t.b.a.
01/05/13 UK – Cardiff – Bogiez
02/05/13 UK – Glasgow – Audio
03/05/13 IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/05/13 UK – London – Underworld
05/05/13 NL – Tilburg – Neurotic Death Fest

Cerebral Bore Vocalist Simone “Som” Pluijmers Leaves Cerebral Bore With Shawn Whitaker As Replacement

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

It’s sad to say that Simone “Som” Pluijmers has left death metal band Cerebral Bore and will no be seen on their current tour with Dying Fetus and Cattle Decapitation. While growing a steady fan base in the United States for the last year, it will upset many who have grown to love the band and may not have gotten a chance to see Som dish out her brutal vocals.

A statement was issued from the band about Som’s decision to leave on their Facebook page:

Som walked out on us less than 24 hours before the US tour, and we were forced to either cancel or go ahead with it as an instrumental if need be.  We didn’t want to let our US fans down, so we went ahead with our buddy Shawn Whitaker on vocals for the tour.  Show us your support and make Shawn feel at home, he saved us from a disaster.

This statement was then followed by an alleged reason from Som on why she left the band [I haven’t found the original source of this quote but have seen it on Som’s official Facebook fan page and a couple other websites as well]:

I decided to leave because Paul McGuire treated me bad… And him saying I walked out on them like I’m a bitch is ridiculous.  I’m not a diva, I had to do this for my own happiness and safety.  He wouldn’t let us have an own opinion or wouldn’t let me have friends and screamed at us all the time.  I’m sorry but I was too unhappy with him and had to leave.  There was more going on than this but if he’s gonna start bullshit than I’m more than happy to tell you guys the truth.  I had to do this for me and thought about fans etc. it was a difficult decision… But for the best.

More will probably unfold from this story as this news is fairly sudden and a bit sparse for Cerebral Bore fans to fully understand. Based on this alleged statement Som made, it seems that there may have been problems within the band for quite some time.

Shawn Whitaker [Insidious Decrepancy] has taken up filling in as vocalist on The Blood of Power Tour which ends next month.

Cattle Decapitation Announce Last Minute Northeast Tour Dates

Posted in News with tags , , on 8th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

After dropping off the Autumn Apocalypse Tour, Cattle Decapitation have announced a few last minute tours that they will be headlining in the northeast of the U.S. before touring with Dying Fetus and Cerebral Bore starting November 25th. The band’s front man, Travis Ryan, posted a list of current dates on his Facebook page:


Last minute Cattle Decapitation shows booked in place of dropping off the Autumn Apocalypse tour, more to come!!!!11/08 Lowell, MA @ The Worthen House (141 Worthen St.)
11/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project w/ Vektor
11/11 Reading, PA @ Reverb
11/13 Wooskie, VT @ Monkey Bar
11/14 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Pickwick Pub w/ Deiphago
11/15 Keene, NH @ Railroad Tavern
11/16 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts
11/17 Middletown, NY @ Sounds Asylym
11/20 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Champs
11/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar”

More dates will be added, so make sure to check up on their page for a date that could be closer to you!

Cattle Decapitation Drop Off Autumn Apocalypse Tour After Physical Altercation Between Chris Barnes and Travis Ryan

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 6th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren


Cattle Decapitation have announced that they will be dropping off the Autumn Apocalypse tour. According to Cattle Decapitation frontman Travis Ryan, Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes “sucker punched” him in the face after an argument that ensued between the two. On his Facebook, Ryan posts a statement about the situation, in which he calls Barnes “a fucking hack”:


“Chris Barnes is a fucking hack. I’ve personally passed on at least 5 six feet tours over the last 8 or so years because he pulls so much nonsense on the support bands because his ego is astronomical. We’re leaving the Chris Barnes Show tour today. Go to the Chris Barnes show and buy some of their merch. They need it desperately.”


Six Feet Under also announced they would not play the Boston, MA show (the same show where Barnes threw a punch at Ryan)  if Vital Remains opened for them. Vital Remains were scheduled to open for the show weeks prior to, where they were promptly told to step down as well.


No official statement has been made by anyone associated with Six Feet Under yet about the situation. Cattle Decapitation will still be performing with Dying Fetus and Cerebral Bore starting November 25th.

Metal Blade 30th anniversary campaign with

Posted in News with tags , , on 19th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Metal Blade Records have teamed up with to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary to bring you almost a hundred titles in great prices starting from £4.99 each.

Classic albums from the following are all included:

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Cattle Decapitation

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Corrosion Of Conformity

Darkest Era


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Pathology – The Time of Great Purification

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 18th September 2012 by izaforestspirit

The Time of Great Purification
Released: September 2012
Brutal Death Metal/Death-core
Released via Victory Records

‘The Time Of Great Purification’ is the sixth album from the American death metal band Pathology. The band features the founding members of Cattle Decapitation, I Declare War and The Locust.

Only a few seconds into the opening track ‘Imprisoned By Fear’ and you immediately know what you’re in for. Fast paced, brutal death metal with the occasional guitar solo. The only thing that separates this from your stereotypical death metal band are the vocals which, I Declare War fans will be pleased to know, are performed in same deathcore style as used in the band’s previous album ‘Awaken To The Suffering’.

Sadly it’s precisely the death-core elements which let this album down. The squealing vocals and the frequent breakdowns or slamming (as some people call it) tends to pierce its way through each track, wrecking some of the good parts such as technical guitar riffs on ‘Asphyxiation Through Consumption’. The songs are short, clocking in at an average of just over two minutes, and to a large extent they all tend to follow the same pattern making it difficult to tell them apart. ‘Distorted Conscious’ is a noteworthy exception, being an instrumental complete with some decent guitar riffs and steady drumming but minus the headache inducing death-core squeals.

Then the aptly named ‘A Bleak Future’ marks a return to the aforementioned death-core vocals thus paving the path to more suffering for my ears. Even the odd, good guitar riff like the one towards the second half of ‘Cultivating Humanity’ does not make up for the appalling vocals.


Iza Raittila

Cattle Decapitation Finish Recording Of Occupation Domination

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Cattle Decapitation finished recording their new album, Occupation Domination, last week and have returned home for a couple weeks before heading out for their European tour with Suffocation! The album was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero of Denver’s Flatline Audio. You can certainly expect a much more updated production, along with some surprising guest appearances and the kind of musical exploration that garnered the band droves of new fans with 2009’s release The Harvest Floor. Once again, Cattle Decapitation gives us more extravagantly intense artwork from artist Wes Benscoter and the CD’s layout is as over the top as the album’s concept itself.

Some of the track titles on Occupation Domination include: Forced Gender Reassignment, A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat, and The Carbon Stampede. All of the details from the new album such as, cover art, track list, guest appearances, and pre-order info will be revealed in the coming months.

You can catch Cattle Decapitation at the following UK & Eire tour dates:

15th         LIVERPOOL – O2 Academy
16th         DUBLIN – The Pint
17th         PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit